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  • by Ezio Manzini
    The on-going transition asks for diffuse design capabilities. And therefore for an original knowledge: design knowledge capable to feed the broad co-design processes that will have to drive the needed socio-technical changes. Where and how is this design knowledge produced? Where and how will it be produced in future, given that the demand for it will inevitably grow in the transition towards sustainability? The traditional answer falls on the existence of (and need to develop) public and private research centers. However, in my view, this answer is incomplete, and more importantly it leads us to think that the design research we are talking about can be limited to a few research professionals. In a connected world this is no longer so. In a connected world designing networks also tend to become design research networks: research networks that produce “constructive enquiry” at their nodes.

  • by Anna Meroni, International Coordinator
    Dear DESISers, it seems that the (im)possible mission of turning DESIS into an Association is almost accomplished: the “constitution paper” with the new statute of DESIS signed by the initial founding members is about to be back at home in Politecnico for the formal establishment of the association. This means that soon we can start with the formal applications by the existing Labs and with the requests for application of the new labs that are in the pipeline. But, we do not want to make it just a formal act. We aim to make it an opportunity to update the network about what’s going on in the different labs and to open up new challenges.

Workshop: DESIS Forum and Showcase: Informal, formal and Collaborative (IFC): service design for social innovation in underserved communities

23 September 2014, an initiative back-to-back with the Cumulus Conference Johannesburg

III European School of Social Innovation

The main objective of this year European School of Social Innovation is to offer a plural view about innovation and social innovation in the public sector.
The Summer School offers two points of view about this subject. On one hand, a conceptual perspective on this topic based on different approaches. On the other hand, the presentation of cases of different policies that seek to promote social innovation and innovation initiatives in the field of the public sector.
The purpose of the first day of the Summer School will be to draw an image of the main discourses on innovation and social innovation linked to public sector in the international scene.
The second day wishes to show some interesting cases of public innovation from the Basque Country and Spain. The purpose is to visualize the work done from different organizations in this field in order to raise awareness on the relevance of this subject and inspire actions to implement innovative processes in the public sphere.

DESIS China Spring Festival 2014

DESIS China is glad to announce the Spring Festival, a series of initiatives organized by Jiangnan DESIS Lab in the framework of Re-design Education Conference at Jiangnan University.

The Design Society Research Conference, DRS 2014

With the aim of fostering and supporting a shared design discourse, the Design Society Research Conference, DRS 2014 will be held in Umea, Sweden, June 16-19. The contributions and issues raised by the DESIS thematic clusters including Informal, Formal, Collaborative (IFC) and Public and Collaborative (P&C) will be the focus of one of the “conversations” of the conference, a new presentation format for dialogue and debate curated by Carl di Salvo and Jamer Hunt.

(New) Public Goods: Labs, Publics and Policies

Dear DESIS colleagues,

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The full series of open lectures are available at DESIS Public & Collaborative initiative website (http://www.desis-clusters.org). 

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